Tommy Kirk & Judy Harriet
July 7, 2017
July 3, 2017
I just stumbled upon this cartoon short from 1935, Sunshine Makers. It's interesting; they make liquid sunshine out of sun light converted to electricity and then liquefied. Then they put it in milk bottles. The shadows of the characters just as the sunshine is going into the bottles is pretty amazing.
Then we see the other people - night people who are only happy when they're sad. A war breaks out. It reminded me of Walt Disney's Silly Symphony Music Land. They both kind of have the same premise, which is also strange because they were released the very same year!
But where Music Land ends in a beautiful merging of two kingdoms and two ideas, Sunshine Makers ends with one culture imposing its beliefs on another, against their will. It's actually a little hard to watch as a sunshine maker holds a night person down and forcefully pours the liquid sunshine down the night person's throat. The sunshine makers are so sure that their ways are right and the night people's ways are wrong they don't hesitate for a moment to bomb them and eradicate their way of life.
I know a lot of old cartoons are problematic but this one just struck me as especially relevant right now.
This parade is actually from 1986, so the super8 film probably makes it look a lot cooler than it actually was. But also.... people were still using super 8 in 1986?! And what an injustice that Maleficent isn't in this parade.
June 22, 2017
I always like watching this kinda stuff. Pretty music any Disney thing 1985 and earlier is interesting to me. I've never really considered myself like... a Disney nut or anything. I think it maybe has something to do with spending some formative years there. I never went to the same school for more than a year growing up and then I started working at Disney right out of high school. So, it was sort of like college for me, except I stayed for nine years. Watching videos like this is always interesting to see what character costumes haven't changed for over thirty years, and which one's I've been in. I presume this blog is far enough underground I can say that!
June 14, 2017
June 2, 2017
I recently watched this documentary, The Fabulous Ice Age, about the golden age of the Icecapades. It was terrific! I highly recommend it. Trailer bellow:
A long time ago (when I was eight years old) my parents surprised me one day by taking me to see Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Ice (What!! - there were no words). So today I had the bright idea to look up if there was ever a Sleeping Beauty (my all time fav Disney movie) ice show. What I found was a snippet from a larger (recent) show that had a Sleeping Beauty segment.
But just imagine, if you will (as I am doing!), if they had a Sleeping Beauty ice show at the same time the film was released - 1959. That is my dream for the day. Wouldn't that be something? Is anyone still with me? Look, maybe the BBC Radiophonic workshop provided the sound effects for this imaginary ice show? How about that?